WTCR – Race of Hungary Race 2 digital press convention
Yann Ehrlacher, Yvan Muller, Jean-Karl Vernay and Attila Tassi attended the Race 2 digital press convention at WTCR Race of Hungary. A transcript follows.
Press Convention Room, Hungaroring, October 18, 2020
Yann Ehrlacher, Cyan Racing Lynk & Co, first place
Yvan Muller, Cyan Racing Lynk & Co, second place
Jean-Karl Vernay, Workforce Mulsanne, third place
Attila Tassi, ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport
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RACE 2 REPORT:
Yann, you’ve prolonged your factors result in 40 and also you had a improbable begin to an excellent race for you.
Sure, first of an enormous congratulations to the gents with my on the rostrum. We had a very good begin, Yvan and me. We managed to get by the CUPRA after which Yvan let me by and canopy my again all of the race, in order that was a correct staff effort. I’m actually grateful for this. Then I simply needed to handle my tempo and don’t do any errors, watch out with the tyres as a result of I knew if there was a security automobile there isn’t any level to construct a 10-second hole, so I used to be managing it. A reverse-grid win by no means tastes the identical as a correct win, however it’s good factors and I want them.
It’s turning out to be a powerful weekend given that you just guys felt you didn’t have the tempo earlier than qualifying. Additionally, in Race 3 when you begin additional again there’s potential to climb up the order.
Or end within the barrier as properly whenever you see the usual within the center and behind the sector, it seems like a battle. It’s going to be thrilling and I’ll attempt to make my means by the most secure means. You by no means know what can occur, however for me the weekend is already a very good second. After FP2 we had been one and a half seconds off and now we’re again within the sport with two podiums, so we’ll simply hold going that means.
Yvan, your begin was mega and you probably did an awesome job of holding Jean-Karl Vernay again, virtually permitting Santiago Urrutia to make it a Lynk & Co one-two-three.
No, I used to be not doing that for Santi, I used to be fearful as a result of the Alfa may be very mild when it comes to weight and I used to be fearful in regards to the entrance tyres for the tip of the race for us, as a result of the damage on tyres is greater on our automobile. That’s why I simply stored a spot sufficiently big to provide some air to Yann in case JK might overtake me. And on the identical time I wished to have a transparent observe in entrance of me as a result of whenever you comply with a automobile too shut you’ve huge understeer. There was no level to remain behind Yann as a result of I might not assault him and no less than I used to be taking care of my tyres.
An awesome consequence for Lynk & Co, isn’t it?
Sure, an awesome consequence for Lynk & Co and Cyan Racing. We lead most likely much more the groups’ championship and Yann took one other benefit on the drivers’ championship, so it’s a very good staff effort and I’d like to affix Thed Björk and Santi on this effort.
Jean-Karl, your begin was mega, however your begin after the security automobile might have gone a little bit higher. What went on there?
I used to be very happy with my begin and likewise from behind the security automobile, it was extra about our technique, let’s say. As Yvan mentioned, he was managing… it was a household enterprise, which is sort of acceptable, that’s their technique. However I needed to take care of that as a result of Yvan was slowing me down a little bit bit and Santi was coming again so I needed to take care of each of them. So, I mentioned ‘OK, attempt to keep clam, no errors, make a spot the place you’ll be able to, attempt to decelerate a little bit bit whereas being certain Santi won’t overtake you.’ And that was all. To overhaul Yvan, it’s not like I used to be fast sufficient to make a move and I used to be proud of the rostrum. It’s a very good consequence for us, I’m super-happy with the steadiness of the automobile. It was not one of the best observe for Alfa Romeos within the final two years and I feel to point out the consistency we’re exhibiting for the reason that begin of the 12 months is a extremely good level and we’re going to attempt to proceed this fashion. I’m very proud of the work of the staff and now we’ve got one other race to make one other good begin. P6 will not be that far [from the front] and I hope for good factors.
Sure, you begin P6 and Azcona and Girolami won’t be again out, so you’ve a very good probability to make up locations.
It isn’t the way in which we need to race, so hopefully they are going to be again on observe. Now I’ve actually found the Alfa and know the way it works, I’ve labored quite a bit on my coordination and the final 4 begins have been actually glorious, so… I do know precisely what I’ve to do and I’m going to try to do the identical and we’ll see on the first nook. As Yann and Yvan mentioned, the primary lap is type of a large number, that you must be good and be fortunate additionally, and that’s all I need.
Attila, how was that race for you?
This was a little bit bit extra calm than Race 1. I had an OK begin, not an ideal one. In Flip 1 I went means too vast, greater than I wished, so I misplaced on the market after which at Flip 2 I used to be on the skin and there have been some collisions in entrance of me, so I might take good benefit with none contact on my automobile. Clearly we had been caring for the automobile for Race 3 as a result of that’s an important for us. Afterwards I used to be attempting to overhaul Bence with the CUPRA, however it was simply inconceivable as a result of the straight-line pace they’ve, we don’t have an opportunity. I used to be fighting the entrance tyres for 2 or three laps, to move him in sector two however it was not sufficient as a result of each time there was a straight he made a spot. After that I acquired a name from the staff to let Esteban by, which I did. Then he tried however it was the identical lack of success for us. Afterwards I used to be simply following Esteban and made some superb factors for Race 2 as properly.
What’s the staff technique for Race 3? I can’t think about you will need to keep behind Esteban.
We’ll see. The highest 4 is all Honda, so for certain there can be some staff orders I assume, however we’ll see how the beginning and first lap go, then we can be intelligent.
Is that how it could be mentioned, to see how it’s after the primary nook?
Yeah, the beginning will not be all the time good. Generally it’s very unhealthy, typically it’s superb, so everybody has to get away after which after lap one or two we’ll get a message or not. We’ll see the rankings between the 4 of us. We’ll see. Clearly I’m pushing for a podium which might be an awesome success right here at residence within the WTCR. Clearly that’s the intention, however I’m engaged on a very good begin and likewise I can get Esteban after which handle the tempo. However first we’d like an excellent begin after which we’ll see the way it will occur.